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Its almost enough to make you feel sorry for him (or may be not!). First there was this:
“Nigel Farage tells Fox News there are no-go zones for non-Muslims in France”
You would have to respect such a statement from one of our Euro Mp’s (who else would really know) were it not for this article pointing out that this idea originated from a 9 year old blog post created from some amateurish ‘googling’ of the French National Website by a non-French speaker…..
“Steven Emerson, a man whose job title of terrorism expert will henceforth always attract quotation marks, provoked a lot of mirth with his claim, made during a Fox News interview, that Birmingham was a Muslim-only city where “non-Muslims simply just don’t go in”. He was forced to apologise, and the prime minister called him an idiot, all within the space of 24 hours.
This was just one of the many deeply odd things Emerson said in the course of the interview, although it was perhaps the most instantly refutable: Birmingham census figures are easy to come by. His claim that London was full of “actual religious police that actually beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn’t dress according to religious Muslim attire” is harder to disprove; just because I live in London and I’ve never seen them doesn’t mean they don’t exist. But they’re not exactly thick on the ground. I blame the cuts.
Emerson also made reference to the “no-go zones” of France, where the government doesn’t “exercise any sovereignty”. “On the French official website it says there are,” he said. “It actually has a map of them.”
“…by marrying his version of nationalism to racist rage he gave British racism and racist violence in British streets its own peculiar shape for a time, and it bore his name, Powellism. He offered British politicians a model for racialist rhetoric which was to last for a long time – when, a decade later, Mrs Thatcher spoke of British civilisation being “swamped” the Powellite echoes were unmistakable, and successful.” Mike Phillips in Obituary of Enoch Powell 2001 – it seems you you could also add the name Nigel Farage a further decade on from Thatcher.
Nigel Farage has never hidden his admiration for Enoch Powell, the Conservative politician whose 1968 Rivers of Blood speech overshadowed race relations in Britain for decades.
Powell used a speech in Birmingham to rail against the social consequences of immigration from the Commonwealth and new race relations laws. He warned: “As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding; like the Roman, I seem to see the River Tiber foaming with much blood.” Powell lost his job as the shadow defence secretary and became a political pariah. But polls at the time found that his speech was credited by some for returning the Tories to power in the 1970 general election. He quit the Tories in 1974 and served as an Ulster Unionist MP for South Down until he left Parliament in 1987, turning down a life peerage.
Few politicians had dared to praise him in public until 2008, when Mr Farage, who at the time had been leader of UK Independence Party for two years, named him as his political hero, saying: “While his language may seem out of date now, the principles remain good and true.”
Mr Farage added: “I would never say that Powell was racist in any way at all. Had we listened to him, we would have much better race relations now than we have got.” Then, in January this year, Mr Farage was read parts of the “Rivers of Blood” speech on Sky News’s Murnaghan programme and said he agreed with the “basic principle” of Mr Powell’s words.
Mr Farage has only ever admitted to two meetings with Powell, who died in 1998. In his autobiography, Fighting Bull, Mr Farage described how on meeting Powell as a teenager at Dulwich College, the MP “dazzled me for once into an awestruck silence”.
On the second occasion, in May 1993, Mr Farage drove Powell to a Ukip rally, where he was due to speak, on the eve of the Newbury by-election, where the party’s founder, Alan Sked, was standing as a candidate.
Mr Farage described how a group of communists outside Newbury Racecourse hit his Mercedes with “a large wooden stave”, but Powell was “totally unmoved”. He wrote: “That meeting, with a man who had achieved so much and sacrificed so much for his principles, awoke all sorts of aspirations in me which I had not even acknowledged before. It inspired me. Public service was not just about kowtowing to a party line.”
Documents unearthed by The Daily Telegraph in an archive at Cambridge University show that Mr Farage wrote to Powell asking for his support in a by-election in 1994. They also show that Mr Farage’s initial contact was followed up by repeated attempts by party officials and candidates to enlist the support of Mr Powell, including two invitations to stand as a candidate for Ukip in two national elections.
Nigel Farage tells the BBC’s Sunday Politics Wales that the UK’s population size due to an “open door policy” caused his delay
About 100 supporters each paid £25 for Friday’s reception to meet the UKIP leader in Port Talbot on Friday evening but he did not arrive in time.
The event at Margam Park was part of his party’s conference which was held on Saturday.
Labour criticised Mr Farage calling his excuse “absurd”.
Speaking to the BBC’s Sunday Politics Wales, Mr Farage said: “It took me six hours and 15 minutes to get here – it should have taken three-and-a-half to four.
“That is nothing to do with professionalism, what it does have to do with is a population that is going through the roof chiefly because of open-door immigration and the fact that the M4 is not as navigable as it used to be.”
Shadow Welsh secretary Owen Smith said: “Remarks like these are what makes Farage so dangerous.
“It is clearly absurd to suggest heavy traffic on the M4 is caused by immigration, but through the laughter at his silly comments you can hear UKIP’s dog-whistle politics of division.”